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has anyone taught kids for a speech contest?

For kindergarten kids in groups of up to 4.

Usually kids do things like 3 little pigs, the hungry caterpillar etc

Kids are really awesome, so any good ideas about what to do?


Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:59 pm
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I think it's great to have the kids read (in this case, act out) tales from their culture. They will already know the tales, so you don't need to worry so much about understanding, as much as getting them to acquire the language. If you do something they're not familiar with, there's a chance that they will just remember sounds and not really acquire the language (of course there's always the chance of that problem - beep when beeped at.)

For Japan try:
Momotaro - Peach boy
Osama No Mimi Wa Roba No Mimi - The King's Ears are Donkey's Ears
Urashima Taro - English Title ?????

For other countries try:
asking anyone from the country :D

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Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:56 pm
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I just finished a project of recording songs and chants for a speech contest here in Japan. They are using a lot of traditional kids songs, ABC, Wheels on the Bus, and chants, like pat a cake and one two buckle my shoe. I think a combination of songs and chants could be nice for a speech contest.

I did an adaptation of Three Little Pigs for a group of pre schoolers here. It went quite well. If you want, email me and I can forward you the script I used.

you can also check out some free traditional song downloads that you could use at my other site http://www.freeabcsongs.com

Best of luck.

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Post Try using catchy songs
When I was younger my mom made me join the choir here in the Philippines. We were taught to sing the 12 days of Christmas, with a bunch of actions and really funny costumes. It was the funnest Christmas I had. Perhaps you could try it, or choose any other song that's catchy and easy to memorize, encorporate actions to make it fun.

Good luck.


Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:55 am
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I've taught a number of kids who have done speech contests. They are really great opportunities for some kids to get a lot of confidence speaking, and to also master some of the language too.

I think I should do that in Japanese for my own benefit.....


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